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Vintera Road Worn ‘50s Tele pickups/wiring question

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jas24, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. jas24

    jas24 TDPRI Member

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    Hi all,

    Long time lurker, despite the fact I don’t actually own a tele! But that’s changing soon - I managed to place an order with an amazing deal on a new Vintera Road Worn ‘50s Tele in Lake Placid Blue.

    Not usually a relic guy, but I’ve wanted a nitro finished LPB Tele for a long time, and the latest road worn stuff looks really tastefully done, almost at custom shop level.

    Anyway, it was an unplanned purchase. I was actually in the middle of acquiring parts for a partscaster, so I had already placed an order for some guitar pickups and a 5 way wiring loom from Monty’s Guitars (in the U.K.)

    I’ve not had much luck finding threads on the pickups/wiring in the Roadworn ‘50s tele - Is the wiring the same as US Fender wiring with CTS pots etc?

    And what are the pickups like? I found a site claiming they were custom shop pickups... and another place saying they were the same as the normal Vintera ‘50s pickups. But Fender’s own site has them as similarly named, but different pickups (Vintage Style '50s Single-Coil Hot Tele pickups in the Road Worn as opposed to Vintage Style '50s Single-Coil in the normal Vintera).

    Just trying to figure out what to do with the pickups/wiring I have on order... probably don’t want to rip out custom shop pickups and top notch wiring if it’s already installed in the guitar!! Anyone have any ideas what the deal is?

    Thanks for the help!
     
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  2. ReverendRevolver

    ReverendRevolver Tele-Afflicted

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    Welcome aboard!

    We are going to need pictures when it shows up.

    Any stock tele pickup could be good or need replacing, depending on if you like it. Set height right, decide from there.

    My tele is the only guitar still with original pickups I own. I've almost swapped the neck one numerous times, but haven't yet.
     
  3. jas24

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    Thanks for the welcome!! Will definitely throw pictures up when it arrives... apparently the place I bought from is expecting a delivery at the end of January, so it’s going to be a long two months until it gets here - cannot wait!

    The Monty’s pickups I’ve ordered are a take on a twisted tele set (modelled after the pickups Danish Pete from Andertons TV has in his purple custom shop Tele), so I know they’ll sound great! Plus the 5 way wiring opens up a couple of other tonal possibilities...

    That said, I think I’ll definitely see how I get on with the stock pickups when it arrives. Just a bit conflicted on what to do with the wiring loom and pickups I’ve ordered!!

    Anyway, would still love to hear from anyone who owns a Vintera Road Worn 50s - how do you get on with the pickups? And has anyone had a peak under the hood to see what the wiring is like?
     
  4. blues

    blues Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    My RW has CTS pot and wiringis fine. It's a 2019 RW Tele. I don't think the Vintera would be any different.

    I changed the pickups in mine but the rest of the wiring is fine.
     
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  5. jas24

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    Thanks, that’s good to know!

    Thinking I’ll wait to see how I get on with it a before tinkering with anything under the hood. The only thing I might do on day one is a white pickguard change... that said the black is growing on me every time I see a photos of it!

    Also just read a review here of the new road worns on guitar.com - it’s going to be a long couple of months...
     
  6. Downsman

    Downsman Tele-Meister

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    I'm also interested in the Road Worn. I have a Justin Meldal Johnson Mustang Bass that's a Mexican Road Worn and they did a fantastic job. Very authentic looking and feels great. A BSB telecaster would fit neatly into that same vintage vibe.

    Can I ask where you found a great deal here in the UK? Everyone seems to be waiting for new stock, and not found anywhere that's more than £50 off the official Fender £999 price.
     
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